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Bozo, Sorogoye of Mali
The Bozo are a West African ethnic group located predominantly along the Niger River in Mali. The name Bozo is thought to derive from Bambara bo-so, 'Bamboo house'. They are famous for their fishing and are occasionally referred to as the "masters of the river." Rock drawings linked to the Bozo date back as far as 6,000 years, but many aspects of their current culture took shape under the 10th century Ghana Empire, when the Bozo took possession of the banks of the Niger. Though the Bozo are overwhelmingly Muslim, they preserve a number of animist traditions as well.
Mali is not a hospitable land to outsiders, and conditions are often harsh. Also, the Bozo identity is strongly Muslim.
Christians can carry stories from Scripture to the Bozo tribes, and also use Gospel recordings and films.
Pray for the few Christian believers among this Bozo tribe, that they will find teachers to help them grow in the faith. Pray they will come to a good understanding of how to follow Christ. Pray they will become strong disciples.
Pray the Sorogama Bozo will be able to care adequately for their families, and be able to send their children to school.
"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:40